Architecture, Interiors and Modelmaking

Dr. Willem De Bruijn

Senior Lecturer – Architecture

MSc Architecture (TU Delft), PhD (The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, UoL)


Willem studied architecture at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, graduating cum laude in 2001. He holds a doctorate in History and Theory of Architecture from The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. His doctoral thesis, titled Book-Building: A Historical and Theoretical Investigation into Architecture and Alchemy, was nominated for the RIBA President’s Award for Reseach. Following the completion of his PhD in 2010, Willem has been a Guest Lecturer and a Visiting Lecturer at Chelsea College of Art and Design, Westminster University (School of Architecture) and University of East London (School of Architecture), where he has taught a variety of subjects including history of architecture and art, critical theory and philosophy of art. Willem joined the Arts University Bournemouth in 2015 to teach Contextual Studies on the BA (Hons) Architecture and MArch course.

Professional practice

Willem is currently teaching Contextual Studies on the BA (Hons) Architecture and Master of Architecture (MArch) courses. He is also involved in studio tutoring and active in setting up cross-course collaborations. His teaching follows an integrated approach where theory and design are part of the same intellectual pursuit. Central to his teaching of history and theory is an engagement with thinking through making, the object of which can be a book, a model or a series of prints.

Professional memberships

  • AHRA (Member)
  • Architectural Association (Visiting member)

Research Specialism

Willem’s research is situated at the crossroads of architecture, art history and visual studies. He is particularly interested in visualisations of theory through the medium of collage and print. He has published several articles and conference papers based on chapters from his doctoral thesis and is currently working on a book about Andrea Palladio’s I quattro libra dell’architettura (1570). Willem regularly contributes to exhibitions and conferences in the UK and abroad. Most recently, his books and a selection of student work have been on display at the ARCLIB Conference 2015 hosted by AUB. He also curates the first years’ MArch end-of-year show at AUB.

Research Supervision

Willem supervises two doctoral students at AUB. Their research focuses on architectural model-making and on the role of temporary events in the city, respectively. Any expressions of interest in pursuing a PhD within the subjects of art and architecture are welcomed.

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